Northern Colorado Bears
The Northern Colorado Bears are the varsity athletic teams representing the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado in intercollegiate athletics. The university sponsors seventeen teams including men and women's basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, and track and field; women's-only soccer, softball, swimming and diving, and volleyball; and men's-only baseball, football, and wrestling. The Bears compete in NCAA Division I, with the football team competing at the FCS level, and most teams are members of the Big Sky Conference. Three Northern Colorado teams have separate affiliations in sports that the Big Sky does not sponsor. The baseball and the women's swimming and diving teams are affiliate members of the Western Athletic Conference, and the wrestling team is a member of the Big 12 Conference.
|Northern Colorado Bears|
|University||University of Northern Colorado|
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
Western Athletic Conference (women's swimming and diving and baseball)
Big 12 Conference (wrestling)
|NCAA||Division I (FCS in football)|
|Athletic director||Darren Dunn|
|Football stadium||Nottingham Field|
|Basketball arena||Bank of Colorado Arena at Butler–Hancock Sports Pavilion|
|Baseball stadium||Jackson Field|
|Softball stadium||Gloria Rodriguez Field|
|Soccer stadium||Jackson Stadium|
|Other arenas||Butler-Hancock Swimming Pool (swimming and diving)|
|Mascot||Klawz the Bear|
|Fight song||"UNC Fight Song"|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|Swimming & Diving|
|Track & Field||Track & Field|
From 1969–1979, Northern Colorado participated in all of the first eleven Women's College World Series (WCWS) tournaments ever held and was the only team to do so. The team compiled a WCWS record of 37-22 in those eleven years. In 1974, in its sixth trip to the tournament, the team reached the AIAW championship game (its fifth game in two days), only to lose to Southwest Missouri State by a score of 14-7. In 1976, the team advanced to the championship game, losing to Michigan State, 3-0. Two years later in 1978, the team reached the title game for the third time, falling to UCLA, also by a 3-0 score.
The Northern Colorado Bears football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Northern Colorado located in Greeley, Colorado. The team competes in the Big Sky Conference at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The university's first football team was fielded in 1893. The team plays its home games at the on campus 8,533 seat Nottingham Field.
Northern Colorado made two appearances in the NCAA Division II National Championship Game. The Bears defeated Carson–Newman, 23-14 in 1996, and later defeated New Haven, 51-0 in 1997. 1996 II Joe Glenn 12-3 1996 Division II National Championship Carson–Newman 23 14 Florence, AL
Total national championships: 2
- "UNC Bears Staff Directory". Retrieved June 22, 2015.
- UNC Style Guide (PDF). May 18, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
- Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.